Are the most expensive coffees also the best???
from Alexander Loffeld
5th place: Hawaii Kona
This particular type of coffee grows on the slopes of Mount Hualalai and Mauna on Hawaii's largest island, the Big Island, and is known for its natural sweetness. Mineral-rich volcanic rock combined with high humidity means that the best growing conditions in the world prevail here, as they say, and coffee plants love that. The terms "extra fancy", "fancy" and "number one" indicate the best quality of Kona coffee. Only between 16 and 24,000 bags of green coffee - which is really very little - can be harvested annually, which is why Kona coffee is usually only available as a mixture with other types of green coffee. These facts mean that 100% Kona coffee is very hard to come by.
How does Kona coffee taste? Creamy smooth, chocolaty, has a balanced acidity, natural sweetness
Price: Price is approximately $38 per pound.
4th place: Jamaica Blue Mountain
Jamaica Blue Mountain is probably the best-known coffee of our top five and a real rarity, as many know. It grows in Jamaica, is picked by hand and is not delivered in sacks like conventional coffee, but exclusively in barrels with black print. A farm called the Wallenford Estate, which grows the original Jamaica Blue Mountain, came up with this idea. Here, too, the climate is a major influencing factor for the exceptional taste. In the east of the island, the fine Arabica beans grow and thrive particularly slowly and gently due to the cool climate and heavy rainfall. As with Hawaii Kona coffee, the small area in Jamaica where this coffee is grown does not yield very much green coffee, which is why it is also very difficult to get an original Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. Caution is advised here, because unfortunately there are many counterfeits on the market! Incidentally, the Japanese buy most (about 85% of the harvest) original Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.
How does the Jamaica Blue Mountain taste? particularly mild, but all the more aromatic, natural sweetness
Price: The price is around 55 dollars per pound.
3rd place: Saint Helena
Napoleon Bonaparte spent his last years on the small island, which lies about 1200 kilometers off the African coast. Thanks to Napoleon, the coffee grown there became world famous. He praised the variety of coffee grown there, called Green Tipped Bourbon Arabica, as far away as Paris and further afield. As early as 1839, the London coffee trading agency W. Burnie & Co. declared this coffee to be the best quality coffee in the world. These beans remain incredibly popular to this day, and the island's only six coffee fincas have seen production multiply since the 1990s. The area under cultivation on the island is very limited, which is why the yields of the harvest are very limited in the world market. The combination of excellent quality and limited availability results in the high price.
How does the St. Helena coffee taste? rich but still smooth taste, light & fine acidity
Price: The price is around 85 dollars per pound.
2nd place: Panama, Hacienda LaEsmeralda
It is humid and relatively cool in the Boquete region in Panama, where Mount Barú is located, on whose slopes the coffee cherries slowly grow. “Geisha” is the charming name of the finest variety of coffee grown there, brought to Panama from Abyssinia in the 1930s. Finca LaEsmeralda is the most famous farm on the island that grows these beans and has won many international awards. In the book "God in a Cup" by Michaele Weissman you can learn more about this finca and its operators. The author discovered her love for coffee during her visit to the finca.
How does the Hacienda LaEsmeralda coffee taste? Notes of jasmine, citrus and blueberries
Price:Price is approximately $108 per pound.
1st place: Kopi Luwak
From this example you can see that the terms "elimination" and "award" are sometimes closer together than you might think. The most expensive coffee in the world is actually cat waste. The genus of the civet cat is very special, it lives on the Indonesian islands of Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi and likes to feed on ripe, red coffee cherries. She eats the indigestible coffee beans and excretes them again. Due to the fermentation process in the cat's intestines, special aromas develop in the green coffee beans, which apparently taste exceptionally good. Only 230 kilos of Kopi Luwak coffee are "produced" annually, since only the beans excreted by wild civet cats are considered genuine and these have to be laboriously searched for by hand in the jungle. Therefore it is almost impossible to get an original Kopi Luwak coffee. Coffee has become more and more popular over time, which is why there are now farms where civet cats are literally fattened with coffee cherries in large numbers. For that reason alone you should not buy the Kopi Luwak coffee, especially since you can speak of a kind of counterfeit anyway, which still costs a lot of money. Those facts aside, the taste is even worse than its reputation.
How does the Kopi Luwak taste? Chocolatey, musty-exotic (Do we really want to try that?)
Price: The price is around 600 dollars per pound .
As you can see here, expensive is not always better. Good bean quality is of course important for perfect coffee enjoyment, but good beans are much cheaper. Above all, however, it always depends on the right preparation - because even the most expensive coffee becomes undrinkable if it is prepared incorrectly...